Softball Heads to Local Schools for National Girls & Women in Sports Day

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Freshman Olivia Gibson speaks with local middle schoolers.
Freshman Olivia Gibson speaks with local middle schoolers.

Feb. 4, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team made its way to local middle schools to help celebrate and promote awareness of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The Crimson Tide visited six local schools in the morning and early afternoon.

"We think it is important to talk about the benefits of women and girls playing a sport," head coach Patrick Murphy said. "This is the best way for us to do that -- going to local schools and having our young women talk to the girls in those schools about doing the right thing on and off the field of play."

Schools visited by the Tide included: Eastwood, Rock Quarry, Westlawn, Davis Emerson, Southview and Lloyd Wood.

"Look Who's Playing" is the theme for the 2009 National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). NGWSD presents a prime opportunity to communicate to others what Title IX has accomplished and how many girls and women it truly helps.

NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports.

NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

Alabama will open its 2009 campaign in the South Alabama Invitational. The Crimson Tide will play a total of four games in two days. The season opener will be against Northwestern State on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10:00 a.m. at Jaguar Field.